Voted by peers to New York Magazine's 2013 Top Doctors - Facial Plastic Surgery; Rhinoplasty Revision; and Nasal Surgery.
Dr. Sam Rizk has been chosen as a Top Facial Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist by Castle Connolly, the #1 Organization which selects Top Physicians in every field based on recommendations by their peers. Dr. Rizk has also published his original techniques in many plastic surgery journals, which requires peer review by other plastic surgeons to deem it original and worthy of publication. Dr. Rizk is often selected by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to do their plastic surgery.
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June 23rd, 2014
For many people, having a rhinoplasty is the culmination of years of thought, research, and financial planning. Having come to the decision to undergo a nose job and locating a surgeon they like and trust, some nonetheless find themselves nervous and scared about undergoing cosmetic surgery. This is perfectly normal.
Preparing yourself mentally before surgery is an important part of the rhinoplasty process. Taking steps to lower stress, boost confidence, and calm nerves can make the experience much smoother. We’ve included five tried and true pre-surgery suggestions:
1. Relaxation Techniques
Prior to having rhinoplasty, many patients feel anxious. Stress and fear may lead to sleepless nights and irritability. Finding a way to feel calm is important for both mental and physical health. Some relaxation practices my patients have successfully used include:
- Deep Breathing Exercises
- Tai Chi
Maintaining a positive mental attitude throughout the process is key to a quick recovery and ultimate satisfaction with your experience. Organize a support network of friends and family to help you in the days following your surgery. Develop a post-surgery recovery plan to ensure that you rest post procedure. Knowing that you have a safe space prepared with everything you will need will help minimize anxiety.
One of the most important relaxation techniques listed above is Visualization. Visualization in this case means imagining the procedure you are about to undergo.
To do this, find a quiet, comfortable place where you can be alone with your thoughts. Many people visualize in their bed before they sleep or after they wake up. Any place you feel comfortable is fine. Close your eyes, relax your body and do the following:
In your mind’s eye, see yourself successfully preparing yourself for surgery both mentally and physically. Imagine the day of the surgery. See yourself feeling calm and confident. Picture the surgery itself. Watch as the surgeon completes all of the steps perfectly. Experience the recovery process unfolding without complications. See the perfect outcomes in the mirror a few weeks down the road.
Going through these steps in your mind will help prepare you for your big day. Studies have shown that people who visualize success in this manner experience less stress and feel emotionally better the day of surgery than those who do not.
Part of good visualization is knowing exactly what is going to happen before, during, and after surgery. This leads us to an important part of your mental preparation – education.
3. Educate Yourself About the Process
In my office, we put an emphasis on patient education. I have found that well-educated, well-prepared clients have less concerns the day of the procedure, recover faster, and are ultimately happier with their end results. Our staff will ensure that you have all the information you need about your rhinoplasty. Please do not be shy about asking questions. I am always available and happy to talk with my patients about their concerns, no matter how large or small they may be.
I also encourage my patients to educate themselves by going on the Internet and researching rhinoplasty. As with any topic online, there are good websites on the subject, and bad. Make sure you are getting your information from reputable websites. In addition to my own website, sites you might consider referring to include aafprs.org, realself.com, entnet.org, and the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus website.
4. Understand What a Plastic Surgeon Can and Cannot Do
It is important to have realistic expectations about your rhinoplasty. Studies have shown that among cosmetic surgery patients that are unhappy with the results of their procedures, the most common characteristic is that they simply had unrealistic expectations. While a rhinoplasty may certainly improve one’s appearance, it is not reasonable to expect a magical or miraculous transformation. In addition, plastic surgery cannot cure depression or other psychological conditions. Often, a successful rhinoplasty can boost one’s self-confidence, but this cannot be guaranteed for everyone.
It is very important to me that my patients are choosing to have rhinoplasty for the right reasons. No one should undergo a procedure if they are seeking to look like someone else, or if they hope it will completely change their lives. Rhinoplasty can certainly improve one’s appearance, but it cannot fix all of life’s problems.
5. Understand the Recovery Process
The first thing to remember is that the recovery process takes time. It may take up to two years for your nose to completely reach its final form. Every patient heals differently and at her own pace.
Your nose will be swollen following rhinoplasty, and it will take time for the swelling to go down. Most swelling will go away within two weeks. After a month it will be almost all gone, but it may take up to a year for swelling to totally disappear.
Immediately following surgery, your face will be puffy. You may possibly have black eyes, though I take special precautions to minimize this and other bruising. Many patients experience bouts of nausea during the day following their operation.
Cold compresses will be used to help reduce swelling. In some instances pain medications will be dispensed to ease discomfort. Homeopathic herbal remedies like arnica montana can help you recover as well. Your head should remain elevated for a few days, and in some cases should not be moved at all. It may be several weeks before you can resume vigorous physical activity, including contact sports. You may have to sleep on your back for several weeks. You probably won’t be able to wear glasses for three weeks. Most patients are able to go back to work within ten days.
My patients usually receive a packet of remedies to speed and aid the recovery process. This packet can include herbal supplements, vitamins, and the anti-inflammatory steroid Medrol. Other medicines designed to speed recovery may be given as well.
To learn more about preparing for rhinoplasty, contact my office today.
June 20th, 2014
April 3rd, 2014
New York double-board facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk was interviewed by WPIX about plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic. The article tells the story of a New York mother who went overseas for plastic surgery and died from a blood clot. Dr. Rizk explains how this death could have been prevented and why medical tourism is on the rise. Dr. Rizk believes the surgeon should have waited at least 24 hours after landing before operating on her and performing tummy tuck and liposuction. Patients who choose to undergo plastic surgery in other countries due to low cost, need to ask the right questions and do their homework.
Some issues to bring up during your phone/Skype consultation:
- Is the facility certified?
- Is the doctor certified?What standards are the doctors and facility certified by?
- How do the standards stack up to the US?
February 23rd, 2014
Dr. Rizk Lectures in Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty and Ethnic Rhinoplasty and Precision in Middle Eastern Profile Reduction
February 4th, 2014
January 25th, 2014
22 yo female who wanted just her nasal bump reduced. Patient underwent endonasal rhinoplasty and is shown one week after cast removal. No front view change was done in her nose as patient was happy with her front view.
January 22nd, 2014
21 yo male who presents for rhinoplasty for both functional and cosmetic reasons. First he can’t breathe due to a deviated nasal septum and history of nasal trauma causing a nasal collapse above tip from profile. Additionally, the patient has a drooping nose tip and hanging columella. The patient ‘s front view was not changed as he was satisfied with that view, only his profile.
January 13th, 2014
December 3rd, 2013
Dr. Sam Rizk was a honored guest speaker at the Harmonie Club on December 2, 2013. As one of the most experienced facial plastic surgeons in New York, Dr. Rizk spoke about the advances in facial plastic surgery.
November 20th, 2013
November 19th, 2013
Dr. Sam Rizk is featured in the Wall Street Journal’s plastic surgery article discussing revision rhinoplasty deformities. Read the full feature below:
Dr. Sam Rizk, a plastic surgeon in New York City, says 1 out of 3 of his rhinoplasty patients have had previous nose jobs. Among the most common problems he sees are “scooped bridges,” over-restricted nostrils, and pinched tips. The number of botched nose jobs he has repaired has soared over the past three to five years as more surgeons are performing the surgery who aren’t well trained or experienced, he says. Industrywide statistics bear out his experience: Revision surgery is up 35% from 2008 to 2012, according to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
November 12th, 2013
Dr. Sam Rizk is featured in Surgical Aesthetics: The Business of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, where he discusses concierge services he offers his out-of-town patients such as making post operative house calls to their hotel rooms. And as one of the best facial plastic surgeons in New York, it is no wonder Dr. Rizk gets 40% of his business from abroad!
November 8th, 2013
One of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in New York, Dr. Sam Rizk is featured in a HuffPost Live Chat where he discusses revision rhinoplasty on his former patient Melissa. Melissa had two previous nose jobs. Dr. Rizk helped her fix a collapsed and short nose by building her a new bridge and tip structure using rib cartilage. Dr. Rizk also talks about how you can find the best nose job surgeon and revision rhinoplasty surgeon.
November 5th, 2013
Congratulations to our very own Dr. Sam Rizk for being featured in Newsday. Dr. Rizk is named one of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors! As one of the best Manhattan facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Rizk strives to provide advance techniques for his nose job patients to get the most natural results while maintaining patient satisfaction and comfort. Dr. Rizk says “With each rhinoplasty, I construct a natural looking nose grounded on the structure of the cartilage and the overlying skin that will stand the test of time. A natural nose should flow with the other facial features including the upper lip, chin, and cheeks. An important factor in achieving a result that doesn’t appear to have been altered is to maintain good structural support.”
October 15th, 2013
26 year old female who underwent rhinoplasty mainly to improve her profile as well as chin implant, neck liposuction as well as upper and lower lip augmentation to improve her facial balance and create a more feminine appearance. Patient is shown several months after the rhinoplasty (done internally or endonasally), chin implant and neck liposuction (done from same incision under her chin) and upper and lower lip augmentation with alloderm. Dr. Rizk prefers alloderm for lip augmentation as it feels natural and soft.
September 24th, 2013
Do you want to find the best rhinoplasty surgeon to perform your nose job? Well, our New York based double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk is well known around the world as one of the most skilled surgeons and a rhinoplasty expert. If you are interested in a rhinoplasty, read more about how our doctor honed his talents in performing rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty and facelifts.
September 20th, 2013
Do you need revision rhinoplasty? Are you looking for the best revision rhinoplasty surgeon? Well, our NYC double-board certified facial plastic surgeon and rhinoplasty expert Dr. Rizk may be who you are looking for. Read more about how our internationally acclaimed doctor has proven himself to be more than just another good facial plastic surgeon in NYC.
September 13th, 2013
Hispanic female in early 20′s who underwent endonasal 3d rhinoplasty and nostril reduction. Patient had thick skin and poor tip support which was addressed during the rhinoplasty. Patient sent her own picture 3 years after the procedure as a followup.
September 12th, 2013
26 year old Middle Eastern female with a long nose and drooping tip shown preoperative and 6 months after surgery. Patient sent her own picture 2 years after the surgery as a followup.
September 10th, 2013
The techniques used to perform rhinoplasty on Middle Eastern patients often differ from those used on other patients.
Many Middle Eastern noses have a droopy nasal tip that can make the nose appear elongated. This is because Middle Eastern patients often have insufficient cartilage support in the tip. As a result, Middle Eastern nose jobs often focus on lifting the nasal tip.
It is also common for a Middle Eastern nose to have a high dorsum or hump. If so, the rhinoplasty techniques used may focus on reducing the bridge.
In some cases the rhinoplasty surgeon may narrow the nostrils.
The thickness of the nasal skin is also an important factor in determining which techniques to perform on Middle Eastern Patients.
Dr. Rizk assesses each patient to determine what role each of these anatomical features plays in the overall aesthetic harmony of the facial features. Ultimately, he will want to alter the nose as needed to sharpen the patient’s features in such a way that it preserves the patient’s unique ethnic characteristics.
September 5th, 2013
Dr. Sam Rizk is featured in WOW NOW where he talks about the most challenging facial plastic surgery procedure he performs, his 3D High-Definition rhinoplasty technique and how he develops a surgical plan for rhinolasty. As one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in New York, Dr. Rizk takes into account patients bone structure, skin type, age and ethnic background for each nose job procedure.
September 3rd, 2013
To achieve natural looking results, it is very important that Middle Eastern patients locate a rhinoplasty surgeon with extensive experience performing ethnic rhinoplasty — specifically ethnic rhinoplasty. This is because the Middle Eastern nose differs from other noses in several ways.
Many Middle Eastern noses have a high dorsum and droopy nasal tip that makes the nose appear longer. To achieve natural looking results, it is often necessary to reduce a nasal hump, lift the nasal tip, correct the droopiness in the tip and/or narrow the nostrils.
One of the primary goals of a Middle Eastern nose job is often to give the nose a more aesthetically pleasing profile. The goal of all rhinoplasty procedures is to create symmetry and harmony with the other facial features. With Middle Eastern and other non-Caucasian patients this means changing the shape of the nose in a way that refines and preserves their unique ethnic characteristics.
Contact Dr. Rizk today to learn how he achieves natural results in Middle Eastern patients.
August 27th, 2013
Medical tourism is a growing trend, and this includes aesthetic medical tourism. Thanks to Dr. Rizk’s reputation as a skilled ethnic rhinoplasty specialist, many people travel from the Middle East and other areas to get a nose job. In fact, foreign patients make up a significant percentage of Dr. Rizk’s patient base.
The Internet has made it easy and convenient to accomplish many of the preliminary tasks that need to be completed when traveling from the Middle East to the U.S. for nose surgery. The “Out of Town” section of Dr. Rizk’s website contains a wealth of information on accommodations, care after surgery, concierge services and more.
Patients can also fill out their medical history form on Dr. Rizk’s website. Once Dr. Rizk has assessed a patient’s medical history, he asks them to send photographs of their nose via email. Then, an initial consultation can be conducted via Skype, iChat or other programs.
Dr. Rizk’s staff can help patients connect with travel agents and arrange for assistance from trained plastic surgery nurses during the first few days after surgery. They can also help with limousine transfers and luxury accommodations just minutes from his office.
Dr. Rizk recommends that patients traveling to see him from the Middle East plan to stay in New York for at least seven days after their rhinoplasty procedure so that he can check in on them to assess the progress of their recovery. He also follows up with his Middle Eastern patients via Skype or iChat once they have returned home.
For more information on traveling from the Middle East for a nose job, contact Dr. Rizk’s office today – (212) 452-3362.
August 20th, 2013
While a patient’s recovery from rhinoplasty can depend on many individual factors, ethnicity is not one of them. Middle Eastern patients face the same rhinoplasty recovery process as any other patient.
Following nose surgery, all patients, including Middle Eastern patients, can expect some swelling and bruising around the nose. Though New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, is renowned for his pioneering “rapid recovery” techniques that minimize these issues, all patients will experience some swelling.
As a result, Dr. Rizk typically prescribes some pain medication and provides his patients with a kit containing remedies to reduce swelling; this may include vitamin K, Medrol, cold compresses as well as a natural remedy called arnica montana. It is also a good idea to keep the head elevated for a few days to reduce the swelling.
Most patients wear a small splint on the nose to protect it and keep it stable for a week or longer.
During the rhinoplasty recovery process it is important to avoid contact sports, or any activities that may put you at risk of bumping your nose, for several weeks. Patients should be able to return to work within about 10 days.
Most of the swelling and other symptoms should subside within a couple of weeks, but it can take months or even up to a year to see final results. It is very important that you follow Dr. Rizk’s postoperative instructions throughout this time for optimal results.
August 19th, 2013
Patient is a 16 year old female who sustained injury to her nose causing a saddle nose deformity as well as difficulty breathing from a deviated nasal septum. Patient underwent a reconstructive rhinoplasty to rebuild her bridge with her own septal cartilage and septoplasty to repair her deviated nasal septum and improve her breathing. Although her postoperative picture is only 3 months postsurgery and patient is still swollen, the bridge shows repair of the saddle nose deformity.